Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                                   Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach




Page Lu through Ly


We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.



Lubold, Lillian:  “Lillian Lubold, age 91, passed away November 1, 2012 at Valley Good Samaritan Day Spring Unit, Greenacres , WA .  She was born October 13, 1921 on the Isle of Que on the Susquehanna River, Selinsgrove , PA to Claude and Mary Bailey. Lillian attended Selinsgrove High School , Selinsgrove , PA ., where she played first clarinet in the school band along with her future husband, Bob. She was also a member of the Commercial Law Club, a typist on the year book staff and lettered in both Band and Basketball. Bob’s family moved before graduation in 1940 but he walked and even hitchhiked to continue to see Lillian. Lillian worked in a garment factory while Bob worked in a furniture factory as they each continued to live with their parents. On August 29,1941, they were married in the Zion Lutheran Church , Sunbury , PA , by Bob’s uncle the Rev. Raymond Lubold. They honeymooned at Niagara Falls , NY .  Lillian and Bob set up housekeeping in Montgomery , PA , where Lillian became a housewife and then a mother while Bob worked at factory jobs. Bob entered the Army in 1945. By this time Bob, Jr. and Susan had been born. These were lean times and Lillian was up to the challenge. She could stretch the money and the groceries with the best and sewed much of their clothing. After Bob’s discharge from the service, two more children were added to the family, Mary and Dawn. Bob was offered a promising job in Odessa , WA . Lillian stayed in PA with the four kids, while in January 1951 Bob traveled out west to give the job a trial run. The job worked out, and Lillian took on the daunting task of selling their home in PA, sorting and selling belongings, packing up the remainder and four young children for the train trip to Odessa .  The family was reunited on Memorial Day weekend 1951. In Odessa , Lillian continued to act as family accountant, seamstress, cook, etc. while Bob worked as a mechanic for the Odessa Trading Co. She sewed everything from pajamas to wedding gowns through the years. One specialty was tiny wedding gowns for Barbie dolls which made wonderful gifts. Lillian was an excellent cook and her baked goods were famous especially her pies which were renowned for their tender, flaky crusts. While living in Odessa , Sharon , the last child was added to the family. Lillian always supplemented her family’s meals with wonderful produce from her garden and fruit purchased from orchards, which she home canned and froze. Lillian loved to read and passed that love on to all five of her children. She was active with the Odessa Library serving as a board member. She and Bob were very active in their church, Christ Lutheran over the years. Making the apple strudel for Deutches Fest was a huge activity that they both were greatly involved in each year. Lillian was also widely known for her crazy patch quilts and for helping with the quilt sewing group at the church. Large numbers of quilts were made over the years for charity by this group with Lillian’s help. Lillian and Bob celebrated their 64th anniversary in 2005.  Lillian was preceded in death by Bob in 2006, daughter Mary Parr, brothers Clyde and Francis Bailey and sisters Phoebe Gemberling and Pauline Hockenbrocht. She is survived by children Bob Lubold Jr ., Susan Janke (Allen), Dawn Ivans, and Sharon Russell (Paul), Also many grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, sister Rose Hartranft, and one sister-in-law, Mary Heddings. Committal Service will be Monday, November 19 at 10 a.m. at the Odessa Cemetery . Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church , Odessa , WA with a luncheon to follow at the church.  Strate Funeral Home, Davenport WA , is caring for the family.”  ( Odessa Record: 11-15-2012)


Lubold, Robert Paul Sr.,  (d. 2006) "Robert Paul Lubold, Sr.—Passed away Feb 28, 2006 in Greenacres, WA. He was born Dec 12, 1921 in Kratzerville, PA, the first child of Paul S. and Hazel (Kreider) Lubold. Bob attended Selinsgrove High School, Selingsgrove, PA where he played clarinet in the band along with his future wife, Lillian. His family moved just before his senior year so he graduated from East Chillisquaque Township High School in Potts Grove, PA, in 1940. He continued to live with his parents while he worked at a furniture factory. On Aug 29, 1941 Bob married Lillian Grace Bailey in the Zion Lutheran Church, Sunbury, PA. The minister was Rev Raymond Lubold, Bob’s uncle. He continued to work in factories while they lived in Montgomery, PA. He then worked in a munitions factory and a Chef Boyardee (K Rations) factory. Bob was called up by the Army in 1945.... In 1951, a friend offered Bob a better job as a mechanic at the Odessa Trading Co in Odessa, WA. Bob traveled to Odessa by Greyhound bus. After settling into his new job he sent for Lillian and their first four children. The train made a special stop in Odessa during Memorial Day weekend, May of 1951 to drop off Lillian and the kids. Their last child was born in Odessa. Early in his career Bob helped to design and construct one of the first wheel tractors ever made called The Blue Ox. Bob retired from the Odessa Trading Co in Dec 1986... Bob moved to Fairfield Good Samaritan Nursing Home in May 2005. A few months later he was moved to the Day Spring Unit at Valley Good Samaritan in Greenacres where he passed away. Bob is survived by his wife, Lillian, at Fairfield, WA. Children: Robert Jr., Mesa, WA; Sue Janke (Allen), Ephrata, WA; Dawn Ivans (Randy), Somers, MT; and Sharon Russell (Paul), Spokane Valley, WA. Also many grandchildren, great grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. His sister, Mary Heddings, Sunbury, PA, sisters-in-law Rose Hartranft, Albuquerque, NM; and Pauline Hockenbrocht, Sunbury, PA. Bob was preceded in death by daughter, Mary Parr; Parents, Paul and Hazel Lubold, in-laws, Claude and Mary Bailey; Brothers-in-law, Clyde and Francis bailey, Lou Heddings, Paul Hockenbrocht, John Hartranft, and Ernest Gemberling; sisters-in-law, Erika and Katherine Bailey, Phoebe Gemberling and Thelma Lubold. Committal services will be March 4th at the Odessa Cemetery..." (Odessa Record: 3-09-2006)

Luiten, Alvin H.,  (d. 1978; b. 1908; TS; OC; dc)  “Luiten, Alvin Henry.  Died:  4-25-1978.  Birth:  10-30-1908, WA;  Spouse: Leona Hopp; Father: Peter Luiten; Mother: Anna Cordes.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Alvin Henry Luiten was born in Odessa on Oct 30, 1908, the son of Peter and Anna (Cordes) Luiten. He attended school in Odessa. Following graduation from the Odessa High School, he attended Washington State University in Pullman. On Sept 25, 1932 he was married to Leona E. Hopp in the St Matthews Church by the Rev Paul Kalmbach. Mr. Luiten was employed by the Associated Oil Company for 27 years, both in Odessa and in Seattle. He was also in the insurance business in Odessa.  He was very active in community and civic affairs in Odessa, including: Charter member and former officer in the Odessa Lions Club; a lifetime member of the Odessa Fire Dept; Past Master of the Masonic Lodge 156 F & AM; an officer and member of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and past Chamber Man of the Year. He served on the Odessa Town Council for a number of years. The couple moved from Odessa in 1960, living at Oakesdale, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and again in Spokane, working in apartment management. While living in Spokane he was a member and past officer of the Spokane Eagles Lodge. The couple just recently returned to Odessa to retire.  Mr. Luiten suffered from a terminal illness for more than two years and passed away on April 25, 1978 at the Odessa Memorial Hospital at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 26 days. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters. Those who remain to mourn his passing are his wife, Leona, of Odessa; 3 sons: Waldo (Bud) of Airway Heights; J. P. of Odessa; Alvin (Fritz) of Spokane; 3 daughters: Coleen, Mrs. Merle Janke of Odessa; Coletta, Mrs. Ron Maki of Pullman; Charlene, Mrs. Dale Lort of Kennewick; 14 grandchildren; one great granddaughter, Marci Smith; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at the UCC in Odessa on Friday, Apr 28, 1978 at 2 p.m. with Rev Everett E. Schoessler and Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with the Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-04-1978)

Luiten, Anna, w/o Peter? (d. 1954; b. 1884; TS; obit; OC; dc)  “Luiten, Anna Marie.  Died: 12-23-1954;  Birth: 12-05-1884, Belvidier, MN;  Married.  Father: Harry Corder (Cordes);  Mother: Meta Pepper; Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Mrs. Peter Luiten, 70, died at Memorial hospital last week Thursday. She was a member of the pioneer Cordes family of the Lauer area and she and her husband were identified with the early development of the county road system. Survivors include her husband, at home; one son, Alvin H. Luiten of Odessa; brothers, William Cordes, Davenport; Herman Cordes, Spokane; and Rudolph Cordes, Long Beach; sisters, Mrs. L. L. Zicha, Harrington; Mrs. George Zicha, Odessa; Mrs. Gerhart Luiten of Moran Prairie, and Mrs. Martha Ochs, Spokane.” (Dec 31, 1954-Citizen)

Luiten, Dick,   (d. 1985; b. 1929; TS; OC; obit)  “Graveside funeral services were held at the Odessa Cemetery on Tuesday, Jan 29, 1985, for Lyle L (Dick) Luiten, who passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan 26, 1985. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated. Lyle L .(Dick) Luiten was born on July 30, 1929 to Jake and Louise Luiten at Lamona, WA.  He attended schools at both Lamona and Odessa. He worked for the post office, the Odessa Trading Company and for Win Self before moving to Lamona to farm. He was married to Lois Raugust of Odessa. To this union three children were born. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Jim Luiten.  Survivors include his wife, Lois, at the home; one daughter, Debbie and her husband, Bill Schlimmer; two sons, Greg and his wife, Cindy, and Tom and his wife, Vicki, all of Odessa; 5 grandchildren; his sister, Evelyn Lenhart of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews. Casket bearers were William Schmidt, Laurence Lenhart, Frank Groh, Don Haase, Jim English, and Merle Janke. The services were under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home of Davenport.” (Odessa Record: 1-31-1985) “Luiten, Lyle Lee. Died: 1-26-1985, Odessa, WA. Mother: Louise Evelyn Torrey; Father: Jacob Gustav Luiten;  Spouse: Married-Lois Mae Raugust.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)

Luiten, Elizabeth, w/o Geo.  (d. 1-17-1944; b. 9-18-1887; OC; Strates) “An appraisal of the estate of Elizabeth Sophia Luiten of Lamona values the property at $30, 647.63.” (Citizen: 4-21-1944) “Mrs Elizabeth S Luiten. Residence: Lamona, WA. Birth: Sept 18, 1887, Young America, MN; Death: Jan 17, 1944, Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, WA. Wife of George. Age: 56 years 3 mos 29 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Father: Pete Hoenemann, born Germany. Mother: Sophia Temple, born MN. Physician: Dr L F Wagner, Harrington, WA.  Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday, Rev Benj. W Schuldheisz.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA, on 1-20-1944.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services are being held this afternoon for Mrs. George Luiten, 55, resident of Lamona region for 25 years, who died at a Spokane hospital on Monday, where she had been taken during the week end for further treatment, after an extended illness. Services are being held from the English Congregational church in Odessa, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, the Rev Benj. W. Schuldheisz officiating, and the Strate Funeral Home in charge. Miss Elizabeth Sophie Hoernemann was born Sept 18, 1887, at Young America, MN, and lived there until 1919 when she was married to George Luiten on July 15, since making her home at Lamona. There she was a member of the Zion Lutheran congregation and a charter member of the ladies aid, taking an active part on the Sunday school staff. She was a member of the Lamona Women’s Club. Survivors include her husband, one son, Wilmar, a staff sergeant with the United States Army, and a daughter, Lucille, at home. Other survivors include one sister, Mrs. William Heckmann of Norwood, MN; three brothers, Tillman Hoernemann, Norwood, MN; John Hoernemann, Glencoe, MN, and William Hoernemann of Watertown, MN.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1944)

Luiten, Elizabeth Ochs,  w/o John H.  (d. Nov 1955; b. 1870; TS; OC; Cong) “Elizabeth Ochs Luiten. Age 84 yrs; Burial: Odessa; Nov 17, 1955.” (English Congregational Church ledger-typed, not original script) “Date of License: Sept 24, 1903. Groom: John H. Luiten, age 28 yrs. Residence: Odessa . Birthplace: MN. Occupation: Farmer. Father of Groom: Jac. Luiten. Mother of Groom: Elisa Kuhlman. Bride: Eliz. Ochs, age 32. Residence: Odessa. Birthplace: Germany. Father of Bride: Sebastian Ochs. Mother of Bride: Anna Martha M…  Marriage: Sept 24, 1903, Spokane, WA. Officiant: R. Groschupf. Witnesses: Jacob Luiten, Lizzie Luiten.” (Marriage Return: #5299)

Luiten, George H (added), (d. July 1958, obit, TS, OC) “Last rites were held for George H. Luiten at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, at the English Congregational church at Odessa. Rev William Houser officiated. He is pastor at the Lamona Lutheran church of which Mr. Luiten was a member. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of the service. Mrs. Claudine (Dobson) Lyons was organist at the rites. Pall bearers were Walter Tanke, A. E. Werner, Roscoe Reiman, Harvey Luiten, Dan Roloff and Jake Miller Jr.  Mr. Luiten was born in 1881 at Glencove, MN.  He came to Lamona in 1898 and purchased land. In 1919 he returned to MN and married Elizabeth Hoernarmen. She passed away in 1944. Ten years ago Mr. Luiten retired from active farming and moved to Spokane where he and his sister, Mrs. Calliott, resided at N 1527 Cook. The past three years he was ill and was cared for by Mrs. Calliott at their home.  Mr. Luiten is survived by two children, Wilmar Luiten of Seattle and Mrs. Lucille Iverson of Lamona; three grandchildren; two brothers, Gerhard and Jake Luiten of Lamona; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Calliott and Mrs. F. D. Graupmann of Spokane.” Citizen: 25 July 1958)

Luiten, Gerhard H.,   (d. 3-18-1978; b. 4-09-1883; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Gerhard H. Luiten were held Wednesday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the English Congregational Church in Odessa with Rev Douglas A Roberts officiating. Mr. Luiten was born April 9, 1883 at Glencoe, MN, and died Saturday, March 18, (1978), at the Ritzville Memorial Hospital at the age of 94 years, 11 months and 7 days. He came to Washington with his parents in 1898. He worked as a farmhand in the Lamona and Downs area. On Nov 19, 1907 he was married to Theresia Kunz and they settled on  a farm south of Lamona. He and his son farmed together for many years. After his wife’s death on Oct 2, 1952 he moved from the home place to a small house on his son’s farm near Lamona. The fall of 1975 he entered the Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Ritzville. Mr Luiten was a member of the English Congregational Church in Odessa since 1950. He is survived by his son, Lester; daughter-in-law Helen; two granddaughters, Mrs. Robin (Joyce) Hill of Walnut, CA, and Mrs. Barton (Connie) Susman of Toluca Lake, CA; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Calliot of Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. At the service Mrs. Donna Schafer sang two selections, ‘Safe In the Arms of Jesus’ and ‘Beautiful Savior’. Mrs. Joyce Roberts was organist. Pallbearers were Mr. Luiten’s nephews: Dick Luiten, Clarence Graupman, Bill Iverson, Bill Richardson, Sam Richardson and Pete Richardson.  The concluding services and vault interment were held at the Odessa Cemetery.”

Luiten, Irvin J.,  s/o J. H.  (d. 1916; b. 1915; TS; OC; obit) “Over another happy Odessa home the shadow of a little grave has fallen. Little eight month old Ervin Luiten, only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Luiten, succumbed Saturday to that dread disease, pneumonia, which has been fatal to a number of small children during the past month. Death took place Saturday at the St Luke’s hospital at Spokane where he was taken last week to secure the attention of a specialist in children’s diseases but it was of no avail, it was destined that the death angel should come from unknown lands and claim this little one for his own. The remains were brought to Odessa and funeral services held at the English Congregational church Monday afternoon, Rev W. S. Pritchard officiating, after which interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1-12-1917)

Luiten, #   infant d/o Peter,  (added) d. 28 Mar 1908 “Alice Elise Luiten, born in Odessa, Lincoln County, 18 Dec 1907, baptized 24 Dec 1907, died 20 March 1908, buried 22 March 1908 in Odessa, WA, aged 3 mos 2 days. Survived by her parents, Peter Luiten and Anna Marie Henriette Cordes. Signed: H. Rieke” (Evangelical Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa, early German ledger)

Luiten, #5 infant d/o Peter , (added) d. 12-12-1912 “Mr. and Mrs. Peter Luiten, living a few miles northeast of town, are mourning the death of their infant daughter, which died Wednesday, from pneumonia. The case is more pathetic because this is the fifth child Mr. and Mrs. Luiten have lost, only one reaching the age of one year. The Record joins in extending sympathy to the bereaved parents.” (Odessa Record:12-13-1912; edit: The tombstone of Peter and Anna Luiten reads “& children”, four infants preceded this death and another infant born to them died in 1922. Just six days following the death of this infant, Anna Luiten gave birth to another infant, which the birth certificate shows to be the 4th infant born to her, and the only one living, which does not support the obituary here. )

Luiten, #6 infant s/o Peter,   (d. 1-30-22; b. 1-30-22; (see TS of Peter) OC; DC; dc) “Luiten, infant male.  Died: 30 Jan 1922, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 30 Jan 1922, lived 6 hours; Mother:  Anna Cordes, b. MN; Father: Peter Luiten, b. MN; Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “_____. male, white, single. Birth: Jan 30, 1922, WA. Age: 6 hrs.  Father: Peter Luiten born MN; Mother: Anna Cordes, born MN. Death: Jan 30, 1922, Dist #6, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Premature birth. L M Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Jan 31. No attendant.” (WA State Register of Death.)

Luiten, John H.,   (d. 1973; b. 1875; TS; OC; shared w/ Eliz)  “John H. Luiten, 97, passed away Sunday, Jan 21, at the Pullman Convalescent Center.  He was born Feb 24, 1875 in Glencoe, MN.  His parents were Jacob E. and Eliza Luiten. The family came to Washington by immigrant train in 1890 and settled in Adams County near Ritzville. Mr. Luiten homesteaded near Odessa, Lincoln County, as did his wife, Elizabeth Ochs. The couple was married Sept 24, 1903. In 1916 he started an auto garage and owned and operated that business at Odessa until the late 1930’s. He then worked for the Lincoln County Road Dept until 1950 when he retired.  Mrs. Luiten passed away in 1955.  After moving to Pullman in 1959 he lived with his daughter until last September when he became a resident of the Convalescent Center, Pullman.  Surviving are five daughters: Mrs. Elsie Luher, Pullman, with whom he made his home the last 13 years; Mrs. Charles (Hazel) Jeffers, Almira; Mrs. Ralph (Evelyn) Smith, Otis Orchards; Mrs. Frank (Alice) Wraspir, Odessa; Mrs. Gordon (Erma) O’Leary, Santa Monica, CA; 12 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Brothers and sisters surviving are: Mrs. Chris (Lizzie) Fisher, Davenport; Mrs. Minnie Foote, Alfred Luiten, William Luiten, Spokane; Mrs. Fred (Lillian) Burghard, Ritzville.  Mr. Luiten was a 64 year member of the Spokane Eagles Lodge, Pullman Senior Citizens’ Center, Odessa English Congregational Church.  Services were held at the Kimball Funeral Home, Pullman, Wednesday, Jan 24, at 11 a.m., and at the Odessa Congregational Church in Odessa on Thursday at 1 p.m., with interment in the Odessa Cemetery. Strates Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were grandsons, Floyd Luhur, Jack Luhur, Max Smith, Harley Wraspir, Neil Wraspir and Lee Roberts.” (Odessa Record: 2-01-1973)

Luiten, Joyce,  (added)  “Joyce Ann (Frieske) Luiten died at her home on Monday, Aug 29, 2005. She was 65 years old. She was born to Daniel and Mollie (Suchland) Luiten on Sept 12, 1939 in Odessa. Joyce was graduated from Odessa High School in 1957. She attended beauty school in Spokane before her marriage and was employed at Donna Graedel’s beauty shop in Odessa. She was also a bookkeeper for Harold Suchland, a receptionist for Dr James Anderson at the Odessa Clinic and most recently was employed at Leffel, Otis and Warwick for more than 29 years until her death.  She married J. P. Luiten in Odessa on Sept 21, 1958. In Aug 1959, JP and Joyce welcomed their first child, Steve. Their second son, Todd, was born in May 1962. Joyce was a member of Heritage Church in Odessa, where she sang in the choir for more than 20 years and was a previous church treasurer. She worked in the pie and cabbage roll booths during Deutschesfest. Joyce is remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She lived for her grandchildren and loved to watch their activities at school and church.  She is survived by her husband, J. P. Luiten, at the home; two sons, Todd Luiten and Rhonda, of Wilbur; and Steve Luiten and Chris, of Odessa; 4 grandchildren, Kelsie, Logan, Jeffrey and Cody; stepsister Pat Nichols and Rod, of Odessa; sisters-in-law Dorothy Frieske, Coleen Janke, Coletta Maki and Charlene McCarty; brothers-in-law Waldo and Alvin Luiten and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Mollie Frieske; two brothers, Milton Frieske and Eugene Frieske; step-mother Lydia (Schafer) Frieske, mother-in-law Leona Luiten and father-in-law Alvin Luiten. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept 1, at 11 a.m. at Heritage Church in Odessa. Pastor Larry Snyder will officiate. Concluding services and interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-01-2005) 

Luiten Leona E.,  (d. 1998; b. 1910; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Leona E. Luiten were held on Monday, Jan 22, at Heritage United Church of Christ in Odessa. Mrs. Luiten, who was 87 years old, died on Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was a life-time Odessa resident. She was born on Oct 30, 1910, the daughter of John and Mary Hopp, Odessa area pioneers. She was graduated in 1928 from Odessa High school and attended Kinman Business University in Spokane. She was employed at the Lincoln County Assessor’s office for two years. She married Alvin H. Luiten on Sept 25, 1932, in Odessa. She worked outside the home in various jobs in the Odessa area. Mr. Luiten died in 1978. She cared for friends and family until her health began to fail recently. She was a member of Heritage UCC, the Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Odessa Senior Center.  She is survived by three sons, Waldo (Bud) Luiten, of Spokane; Jon P. (JP) Luiten, of Odessa; and Alvin (Fritz) Luiten, of Spokane; three daughters, Coleen Janke, of Odessa; Coletta Maki, of Kennewick; and Charlene McCartey, of Columbia City, OR; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Pastor Arthur Finney officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Steve Luiten, Todd Luiten, Loris Luiten, Richard Maki, Ryan Maki, Bret Lort, Wayne Luiten, Greg Luiten, Jim Gies and LaMar Miller.” (Odessa Record: 6-25-1998)

Luiten, Peter,   & Children  (d. 1963; b. 1877; TS; OC; see also infant of Peter) “Funeral services for Peter Luiten, 86, were held from the English Congregational church on Tuesday morning. The Rev John A. Birchard officiated. Burial was in the family plot at the Odessa Cemetery, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge.  Members of Eagles Lodge No 2 of Spokane supplied the pallbearers and conducted the graveside services. Peter Luiten, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Luiten, was born in Glencoe, MN, on Aug 24, 1877. He came to the Odessa country in 1889, homesteaded in 1900. He retired from his road work in 1952. In October of 1902 he was married to Miss Anna Cordes, who died in 1954. Mr. Luiten came to this area as a youth in 1889. When he was of age he homesteaded north of Odessa. For many years he was county road building foreman and worked on roads in every part of the county.  During the past several years he divided his time between Spokane and Odessa. He kept living quarters at his rental property here for his use when in town.  Despite his age he was able to handle his own yard work, drive his own car, enjoying what seemed to be good health, until the  past year. He was taken ill with a heart attack and died shortly after entering the hospital at Spokane.  Survivors include one son, Alvin H., Spokane; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, John H. Luiten, Pullman; Alfred Luiten, Odessa; William Luiten, Spokane; four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Foote, Mrs. Lille Burghard, both of Spokane; Mrs. Lizzie Fisher, Davenport; and Mrs. Henry Amend, Ritzville. For many years Mr. Luiten acted as manager of town baseball teams for Odessa. He held membership in the Eagles lodge for 54 years.” (Odessa Record: 8-29-1963)

Luiten, Theresia E., (d. 10-02-1952; b. 5-12-1887; TS; OC; shared w/Gerhard) “Mrs. Theresia K Luiten. Age 65 yrs; Burial: Odessa; Funeral: Oct 6, 1952” (English Congregational Ledger) “The community was saddened Thursday by the passing of Mrs. G. D. Luiten, member of a pioneer family of this area. Services were held from the English Congregational church in Odessa Monday afternoon with Charles Porter, Fred Kreel and Joe Long of Odessa, and A. H. Nohr, Roy D. Wilson and Henry Moellering, Lamona, as pallbearers. She is survived locally by her husband, G. D. Luiten, one son, Lester, his wife and daughters, Joyce and Carrie and a sister, Mrs. Emma Richardson, of Odessa. Many members of the Luiten and Richardson families as well as a host of friends evidenced their sympathy by being present at the church which was made beautiful by the lovely floral tributes. Mrs. Minnie Calliott and George Luiten came down from Spokane Sunday to be with the family and Wilmar Luiten arrived from Seattle on Monday and was an overnight guest at the Bill Iverson home. Mr. & Mrs. John Brandt of Douglas, and Mr. & Mrs. Karl VanBuren, Ritzville, spent Monday with the Lester Luiten family.” (Oct 10, 1952-Citizen)

Luiten, Wilmar G.,  (WW II)  (d. 1-13-1990; b. 5-27-1920; TS; OC; obit) “Wilmar G. Luiten of Seattle and recently of Spokane, born May 27, 1920 to George and Elizabeth Luiten on the family farm near Lamona, passed away Jan 13 after fighting a debilitating illness for more than five years.  He attended grade school near Lamona and graduated as valedictorian with the Odessa High School class of 1937. Then he attended WSC, graduating magna cum laude in 1941. Mr. Luiten was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church of Lamona. After college he worked for Sears, Roebuck & Co in Seattle for a short period, then entered the service where he served with the Army in the Pacific Theatre as a combat infantryman. Decorated more than a half-dozen times, he was discharged at the end of 1945. He returned to Sears, working his way to an executive position in the company before his retirement in 1982. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed as having a form of Parkinson’s Disease. In late 1985, with his illness progressing rapidly, Mr. Luiten chose to move from his home in  Bellevue to the Riverview Convalescent Care Center. After two years, a caregiver was hired to provide daily personal care, and with that assistance, he continued to attend concerts and stage shows. After becoming very ill Jan 11 with the debilitating disease, Mr. Luiten died two days later.  He is survived by his only sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Bill Iverson, and by their children: David, Judith, Larry and Norman Iverson, and Sandra Zingelmann.  He is also survived by 11 great nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held Jan 17 at Riverview Terrace Chapel, Pastor Earl Krupp officiating. The decedent selected cremation, and inurnment will be at the Odessa Cemetery in the future.” (Odessa Record-Jan 25, 1990) 

Lyons, Grace Ella Patterson,   (d. 5-16-1947; b. 1-16-1874; OC; Strates) “Grace Ella Lyons. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: Jan 16, 1874, Ionia, Iowa. Death: May 16, 1947, at home, Odessa, WA. Age: 73 yrs 4 mos 0 days. housewife. Father: Wilbur Patterson, born Ohio.  Mother: Levinia C___, born Greenville, PA. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Funeral service: Odessa, 2 p.m.  Cremation.” (Mortuary Ledger-burial not specified)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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